Russian Spy Appointed as "Consul of Nicaragua" in Crimea - Ukraine Demands Cancelling

Canan Kevser
31 August 2020, 16:28
Canan Kevser
31 August 2020, 16:28

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has sent a note of protest to Nicaragua demanding that it cancel the decision to appoint an "honorary consul" in Russian-occupied Crimea.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said this during an online briefing on Friday, August 28.

"We have learned that, unfortunately, despite Ukraine's warning not to take such a step, the Nicaraguan government has officially appointed an honorary consul in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, temporarily occupied by Russia. A note has already been sent to the Nicaraguan government with the demand to immediately revoke this unlawful decision. It also warns that in the absence of a response from Nicaragua, Ukraine will apply sanctions in accordance with its legislation," Kuleba said.

He noted that especially outrageous is the fact that Oleg Belaventsev, an active participant in the attempted annexation of Crimea, was appointed to the post of honorary consul. In 2019, Kyiv's Sviatoshynsky District Court sentenced Belaventsev to 13 years in prison for encroaching on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine's borders, Kuleba said.

He said that Ukraine considers such illegal actions by Nicaragua as a direct violation of the legislation of Ukraine and international law and an openly unfriendly step towards the Ukrainian state.

Kuleba warned that in the absence of a response to Ukraine's demand to cancel the decision to appoint the consul, "we are ready to take even tougher steps to protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine."

About Oleg Belaventsev

Oleg Yevgenyevich Belaventsev was born on September 15, 1949, he graduated from the Sevastopol Higher Naval Engineering School in 1971, and rose to the rank of Vice Admiral in his military career, although he “sailed” in a very specific seas – as he was the Soviet military spy.

In particular, in April 1985, the British authorities announced the expulsion from their country 36-year-old Oleg Belaventsev, Third Secretary for Science and Technology of the USSR Embassy, who had worked in London since 1982, on suspicion of espionage. “Nezavisimaya Gazeta” reported in 1998 that Oleg Belaventsev also served in Germany, and that since 1995 Oleg Belaventsev has held the post of First Deputy General Director of the Russian State Company “Rosvooruzhenie” . At that time, “NG” was reported that this Soviet and Russian spies had “friendly relations” with former Defence Minister Pavel Grachev, who had allegedly lobbied for his appointment as head of the “Rosvooruzhenie”.

However, in May 1999, Belaventsev was fired from “Rosvooruzhenie” “in connection with organisational and staffing measures”.

However, the Russian authorities continued to use the “rich international experience” of this “specialist”, and in 2001 instructed Belaventsev to manage the “EMERCOM Agency” of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, which ensured the participation of emergency services in international operations.

In May 2012, after the transition of the Minister of Emergency Situations Sergei Shoigu to the post of Chairman of the Moscow region, Oleg Belaventsev became head of this governor, and from December 24, 2012 he was the Vice-president of “Slavyanka” Company of the Russian Ministry of Defence, he also was a member of the board of Russian State “Oboronservice” Company.

From the very beginning of the Russian occupation the Crimea, from March 21, 2014, Oleg Belaventsev was the representative of the Russian President in the “Crimean Federal District”, and from August 28, 2016 he was  the representative of the Russian President in the North Caucasus Federal District.

It is clear that the Nicaraguan government knows how to use the Internet and had this obvious information about Belaventsev before his appointment as “consul”, so Nicaragua appointed the Russian spy as its “honorary consul” clearly not for free, says Association of Reintegration of Crimea.

The Association warns that all the national governments need to consider – whose interests other Nicaraguan diplomats and consuls are actually lobbying in their territory.